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and i commend the mayor and margaret for help us out with those. >> mr. garcia? >> also, i need to add the wellness centers. >> around thing we need to build on is restored advocacy. we are pilots jane kimberly. she educated me. and then we are starting to get the principles together. people are starting to buy into it. it's a learning process. it's not just, punishing kids more. they are used to be punished. my momma hits harder than that. we need to have systems in
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place that view it a little differently. from the victim's point of view. and deal with it on an emotional level. people can relate to that. i think our biggest problem is the district doesn't have the capacity to address when all these groups come out it. it's not that we don't want to deal with it. we don't have a grant writer. we don't have the interfaces. tony smith. we have been working with creating those types of things. the city have been wonderful to build our capacity. if you are a principle, what do you do in a hundred different agencies come at you? you barely have the time at school. we need to create user-friendly.
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i think we're going to get there with our new strategic plan. how did your organization, what you do fit into the plan? it's got to be there to support what we're all about. improving student achievement. that's what we're about. i am proud to say, we've had lots of meetings, we are getting there. i am exciting working with margaret. our bureaucracy wasn't created to work with these. if you want the convenience business, stay the heck out of this business. we have to learn how to play if the sand box and model what we want our city to be. >> all right. we'll save one, yes,
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>> actually, i want to piggyback. this is a commercial and also an action item. i think we need to truly fund peer court youth court. they have stopped their services a few weeks ago because they don't have the money to start up again next year. for those of you who do not know issue it's a peer driven, adult mentored place where children can come. be tried by their peers. they listen to these kids. they lead out more meaningful consequences than i can give them or the school can give them. they deserve their support. >> i have no more money. >> well, you know, i can make
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the pitch and i know that it was an agenda item. it's a resource for educators. many of you don't know that i, as an officer have more discretion than the people in the school district has. take that in. there are certain so called columbine, i ask admonish. do you understand what you did is wrong. i can divert to peer court. sometimes the district is compelled to spend and refer for expulsion. >> i do want to say.
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this is a bad budget year. i have been told all the things to cut. i am committed. i want to cry. all the things we fund are held up as models and i am committed to the next year's children's club. it has to be our coming together. it's a 2-way street. it's the school district embracing the community. it's really going to take resources and i think the superintendent is correct, resources. we could do better. we could be better partners to end on a mundane note. one of the core successes of a
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community school is a single point of entry. someone's job is the resource coordinator. that's one of the first things that i am considering funding. having a point that really welcomes the community. >> thank you and so due to time, i would like to take one more remark from doctor wenz. >> in regards to the funding for social emotional learning. when you look at kids who are expelled or expended from schools. they lose money. that's money that can be kept in the school if there is in
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fact an anger management course available for that student. it shows that with sel, not only do grades go up, in the schools entirely, but there's an increase in class harmly and self esteem and the entire community benefits. and that's from 288 thousand students looked at of that particular program. i mean, let's face it, at the direction we're going now, socially in this country, we don't have any choice but to initiate sel in our schools >> thank you. doctor wenz, can you state clearly what sel is for everybody
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>> it's social emotional learning. learning about one's self and how to recognize and work with other people's feelings too >> can we give all the panelists a round of applause. we will move to questions. we have iona with the mic. >> we got a question right here. . >> hi my name is joanne, i visited atlanta for social reform >> where are you? >> i am here. i visited atlanta for a whole
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week. the community bus is the best thing we can have if we can put it together. it's nothing like bringing the community together. you have to start at home. if you want to put something together, you have to go to the communities. have the youth say it. i see a lot of youth parents taking them to school because they are afraid they won't see their child again. it starts in the community. this meeting is really great. you are preaching to the choir. we need to speak to the youth. i have seen violence on the bus of a kid showing off a weapon in the bay view. people don't want to change and they don't want to be labeled.
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we are not protected. you have to be careful on what you see. you can't say what you see at all times. if you live in the community and you see something. you have to understand people are not telling things because they are not protected of the we have to understand, what we can do about it is put police officers on the buses from the high crime areas going to the schools so they can be on the bus that's what they need. we need to put them on the buses so they feel comfortable going to school. >> that's right. i want to introduce tracy brown in the audience >> stand up >> the dc y.
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and it's going to be tracy's job to think about and plan for the bus program. tracy, d.c. >> when we say questions, we mean questions not comments >> hi. my name is susan stone. i am on victim mediation. it's alive and well. my question is i want to acknowledge your commitment and passion. is there a place in the schools in this community where we can stop the cycle of shame and blame. both on the offenders because
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these crimes are among the youth under 18. we would love to see that program happen. there are 22 people and we would love to see it in san francisco. >> we have already started that program. in fact, jim dierck has that in his school. we want to get it in every single school. >> yeah, i wanted to say, as superintendent mentioned. we do have peer courts. i have sat through the sessions myself. it does seem like it has a better impact.
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the second thing is coordination. once you have san francisco peer court and into the room. community response. the schools have to have and also the cbo , need to have a stronger partnership. i will give you a very quick example. the court required that the bully stay away from the victim. so what crn did was got to the bottom the conflict. between the victim and the bully's brother. they kept in accordance. however the school district did to the respect or did not
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follow that mediation and went on and expelled them. they were never mediated. so it's a matter of coordinating the court's with with the cbo mediation. so have you a problem of lack of coordination where you have some great programs but they are not supported by the court. juvenile probation. they do need to work together that is respected and used by all the agencies. otherwise students don't believe in these. in the school district doesn't follow or adhere to the outcome. >> thank you. questions?
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>> i go to civic center secondary school. i was wondering what quality sources do have you for young women? >> we have the wellness center that provides a lot of youth lines and they also provide you with girl's group. i know we have mission's group. there were 4 girls for different ages of girls. they taught us about pregnancy and birth controls and a lot of stuff like that. so the wellness center is something that helps >> at the middle school level, we have safe passage centers. we have all kinds of different
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community groups coming in to help us with interest around stopping violence, helping kids feel better about themselves and their environment. i just want to say one last thing, that is although we're talking about all these problem, one of the great assets we have in this city in our students is their resilience, there's a lot of terrible things that happen in our neighborhoods on a daily base. yet we still have the kids still coming to school and doing the right thing. >> hi. my name is tina collynns. this question is for everybody. how do you come up with the
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concepts without dealing with the economics culture boundaries. you know, maybe some of programs, some of the lpstuff i am hearing from y'all is bullshit. i where i was at. there was 8 or 9 killings. we stop by just having the centers open. then you talk about learning, the lc program, i mean, the unified school district should be do that from top one. what i notice about y'all's school. my daughter has to go all the way to 25th and caravel to go to a good school. you don't service all your schools the same. when you talk, talk real. don't talk about the bull. my daughter, i have to get up way early. i have to take gas
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money and gas is going up more and more. for my daughter to get the services she needs. i have a preschool who has speech and language problems. we had assessment and the person came. i told her. they took my daughter. i told her i didn't want them to go there because it wasn't up to my standards. it wasn't up to my code. i kept calling them. what could they do to change my daughter. up to today, she hasn't received her services. you are not servicing the way you are supposed to. you need to get to the community and really talk to
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the people if the community. not saying this is what these people want or this is what some of people have said. not to say, that people the pacific islanders. from my understanding, i don't see that. i have to go outside to get services for my children. >> would any of our panelists like to respond? >> the way people are placed in our school districts is the way the community wanted it. they wanted an open choice that anybody could have an opportunity to go to any school in san francisco much so what we have is basically a lottery. you could live across the street from a school and not attend it because the way the
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system works. we are reviewing that system and in the next year, you will see a lot of discussion open to the public to get input on whether that's a good system. the community felt that would desegregate the community. that hasn'ted happened yet. >> we with are having our last question. >> i didn't ask you that question. when you are going to make sure all schools are equal? the afternoon, whatever is equal. everybody is equal. >> well, ma'am, i would invite
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you on monday. there's a board meeting to discuss the strategic plan and you will see in that plan, it specifically addressing what you mentioned. that's open to the public. monday evening. >> okay. our last. >> the question i had was getting back to transportation, is, what are the barriers realistically to having a public bus system for the students in the school district? i think i know some of the answers based on what the superintendent said, but having that kind of service could make a big difference is truancy and students having to get on muni
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doesn't benefit them. i am not here to indict muni, it's not the best ride to school every day. >> in terms of a public school bus system. i think the taxpayers, they invest a great deal into muni. i would say as someone who in new york as an elementary student and middler schooler. i was afforded to use the public transportation, i didn't go to and from home. i used it to be to baseball. we are blessed in terms of the
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expansiveness. you can travel to every corner of this city at any time of the day. a school bus system going into my time when i was in atlanta. most of the students if not all rode to school buss, that was additional cost. it was additional cost to them and the students were literally limited to and from their home and to school and in some cases may be if there was sporting events. there's pluses and minuses. right for the beginning there's a cost factor. >> due to time. as i stated from the beginning. if you have questions, please write them down. we will collect them. jeff will
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speak to compiling the solutions >> thank you. evet. i want to thank the entire panel. of course margaret, we want to see those lights on. my specific question is to the new superintendent, i am a representative of the new high school going to bay view, bay view school of social justice. my specific concern is the attendance on back page from the main topic. there's no professional development and it's not monitored by the district. now connect as a capacity of 4 hundred student s and only
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attendance of 202. thank you. >> you know, one of the problems with that system, i mentioned that people want to have access to go anywhere they k. they bus themselves out. that's really what happened here. when we review this type of system. we're breaking up neighborhoods without the intention of wanting to do that. the intention was good. we wanted to give everybody access to any school. but we now. it's time. years later to revisit that, wait a minute, what are we doing with this system? we are open to that discussion. as you will see in our new strategic plan. our plan is
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based upon one thing facing america. recently, a couple of years ago we celebrated brown versus the board of education. today our schools are more segregated. i think this is the greatest civil rights. the achievement gap. you can't have systems that are separate but equal. you can't have systems that allow african american students and latino students out performed by special education students. our plan is called "beyond the talk". what are we going to do
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specifically to make sure the schools that the woman mentioned and malcomx are as good as any other school. any school in san francisco has to be good enough that we would want to go there. if it's not, it's unacceptable. >> that's a great way to segway to solutions. >> we are here for solutions. it's true. we do have to talk. we have to do it in a way that's respectful and a way to bring people together rather than push people apart. if we expect our young people
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to exercise social emotional learning. we have to do it as adults. i want everyone to think about a solution that you may have to offer and if you have it on the top of your head. share it with you. i am thinking about the teen court. i have 95 attorneys. i can't speak for her has over 100 attorneys. maybe we could provide teen court. i could certainly ask my staff to participate. we can bring people to haul of justice.
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these are solutions. in anyway has anything. you are all rich with resources. doesn't matter how old you are. coming to a class. we can start a speaker's panel. they have this where you can come forward and share your experience. really quickly, if we have any solutions here that folks want to offer. >> yes. the public library is interested in helps students achieve and we have wonderful resources that we would love to share with students and we're finding more and more. i think because of no


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